Premier League victories against Newcastle and Fulham have set Tottenham Hotspur up nicely for this Monday night’s clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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Spurs have picked up six points from their opening two games despite not being at their best, but the next fixture will be a step up for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Despite United being beaten by Brighton in their last game, Jose Mourinho’s teams have a habit of lifting their game for the big encounters – Tottenham were beaten 1-0 in this fixture early last season.

There is no reason that Spurs should to Old Trafford with any trepidation – this may have been the case in the Sir Alex Ferguson era, but no longer.

Tottenham can beat anyone on their day and against a United side that looks devoid of leadership or inspiration, victory should be the main aim.

If Pochettino’s side can continue their perfect start by beating a fellow top-four side, all of a sudden the doubters in the press will start to fall silent.

The lack of signings and the stadium dramas will be forgotten if Tottenham beat United at Old Trafford.

Pochettino has a number of critical decisions to make in his starting XI, not least the formation that his side will set-up in.

Toby Alderweireld was brought back into the fold against Fulham in a three-man defence, with the side looking more balance in this system and with the Belgian enforcer back in the starting XI.

Erik Lamela impressed after coming off the Tottenham bench last Saturday and with Pochettino rating his compatriot highly, there is potential scope for the Argentine to get the nod to play.

The centre of midfield remains an area of concern, but Mousa Dembele’s return to the side must be now if the deep-lying playmaker has the required fitness to play.

Finally, Lucas Moura has looked much improved this season so far but it remains to be seen if he will retain his place as Harry Kane’s strike partner.

United are favourites with the bookmakers at 6/4, with Tottenham at 9/5 and a draw at 12/5.

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